“The problem of Muslim antisemitism should be taken very seriously,” warned Josef Schuster, the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. Schuster also slammed the Merkel government for its “reluctance in confronting antisemitism.”
“Jews feel threatened in major German cities,” reported the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). “The Central Council of Jews warns that in some parts of Germany one doesn’t want to be recognised as a Jew.”
The Central Council of Jews has warned against the rising antisemitism in Germany. Josef Schuster, The head of the Central Council, told the weekly Bild am Sonntag that “in some districts of major cities, I would recommend not to identify oneself as a Jew.” The experience shows that openly wearing Kippah or a pendent with Star of David can result in verbal and physical threats. Schuster accused the federal government of reluctance in confronting antisemitism. […]“Now is the right time for the Jews in Germany to make Aliyah (or return) to Israel,” commented Benjamin Weinthal, a noted political commentator and fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). Weinthal, a keen observer of political developments in Germany, might be correct in his assessment when it comes to the future of Germany’s tiny Jewish community.
Schuster added that “the word ‘Jew’ is used as a term of abuse in schools and on the sports field.” The Central Council has been observing this phenomena “regrettable for some years and it is so widespread that one cannot talk of islated incidents.” Antisemitic prejudices are widespread chiefly among Muslim students. “It is therefore important that school education teaches more about Judaism to combat these prejudices.”
“The problem of Muslim antisemitism should be taken very seriously by the whole society, without casting a general suspicion on all the Muslims,” Schuster told the newspaper. He accused the Islamic organisations of lack of commitment. All Islamic organisations could and should do significantly more. They have great responsibility when it comes to antisemitism. [FAZ, July 23; translation by author]
Earlier this week, a study once again highlighted the issue of rising anti-Semitism in German schools. According to the study, the antisemitism “is on the rise among pupils with a Turkish or Arabic background following strict forms of Islam,” reported the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. The latest report is consitant with the findings of similar studies conducted in Germany and other European countries.
A small-scale study by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) appears to show an increase in anti-Semitism in the German capital’s schools, alongside an increase in Salafist tendencies.Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) took this opportunity to defend Chancellor Merkel’s open doors policy for migrants. Cemile Giousouf, the party’s spokesperson for ‘integration’, told German daily Die Welt, “The phenomena of rising antisemitism among Muslims should not be connected to refugee policy.” She insisted that “there is no reliable data” to make such a claim.
Researchers asked 27 teachers from 21 schools in Berlin about the trend, with teaching staff saying they had noted a rise in the number of incidents.
Teachers said the abuse often came from pupils following a strict interpretation of Islam, with the use of anti-Semitic insults – particularly the word “Jew” as a term of abuse – against girls, homosexual students and secular Muslims. [Deutsche Welle, July 20]
The German political class may be incapable of connecting the dots, but what transpires today in Germany’s class rooms and playgrounds will tomorrow play itself out on the streets of Germany. And it won’t be the problem of the Germany’s tiny and dwindling Jewish population alone.
It is time for Germany to stand up decisively against antisemitism rearing its head again in the country and show that it has learned from its history.
‘Pro-Palestinian’ demonstrators in Belin calling for “death of the Jews” [July, 2014]: